Beautiful In Distress
The Cambodian Flowers series
The Cambodian Flowers series visually represents the emotional journey child victims of the Cambodian sex trafficking trade go through in their life. The chaos of dark colors surrounding these girls portrays the deep feelings of rejection and abandonment as girls are sold by their own family members including brothers, cousins, and even mothers to pedophiles from all over the world. Artist Shane Grammer, used pink to represent purity and innocence. The pink not only stands for innocence, it also represents the exploitation of that innocence. The flowers surrounding each girl is a symbol of that girl’s purity, that no matter how abused and exploited, she is still a beautiful Cambodian flower. The bright yellows, oranges and whites are used to capture the hope each girl has of restoration. Even though the Cambodian Flower girl feels ruined and beyond redemption, the truth is they are still pure like the Cambodian Flowers that surround them.
Shane is using art to bring awareness to Agape International Missions based in Svay Pak Cambodia. AIM is committed to stopping child sex trafficking in Cambodia and all over the world. AIM is highly active in the village of Svay Pak, Cambodia’s most notorious location for child sextrafficking and a mecca for foreign pedophiles. They are attacking the problem at its heart through: providing protection for atrisk children, developing sustainable industry that removes the financial incentives for families to sell their children, providing freeeducation for adults and children alike, providing a free medical clinicwhich keeps families from selling their children to pay for emergency medicalneeds, and through engaging the local gangs, pimps, drug dealers andbrothel owners, building a relationship with them and showing them how to value human life.
Emotional Chaos was created digitally by Shane Grammer using Adobe Photoshop.
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